Revolutionising European railways has been on the EU’s agenda for years. Though progress has been slow, Italy made strides in July 2022 with new high-speed rail links connecting Rome’s Fiumicino airport with Naples and Florence.
As carbon emissions from flights and every other part of daily life rise, it’s clear that investing in and encouraging the use of trains must be a priority for the bloc.
In the EU in 2017, direct emissions from aviation accounted for 3.8 per cent of total CO2 emissions. The aviation sector creates 13.9 per cent of the emissions, making it the second biggest source of transport GHG emissions after road transport.
Could high-speed rail networks eventually
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